Sinead, is that really you? Yesterday, Irish songbird Sinead O’Connor had the Internet buzzing when she released her new album cover showing the singer trading in her Irish hipster look for slick rock-and-roll dominatrix getup — and she’s never looked better. Gone is Sinead’s trademark buzzcut; in its place is a black skin tight leather dress topped with a sexy cropped wig. The “Nothing Compares 2U” chanteuse’s 10th studio album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss is due for release on August 12th.
Besides branding a fierce new look, O’Connor is also very passionate about the album’s title. On her official website she posted: “Originally, I had a different title, The Vishnu Room, but a few months back when I saw the phrase “I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss” and became aware of the Ban Bossy campaign, I wished I could re-name the album, since indeed it can be tricky being a female boss, and I think Sheryl’s campaign is a terribly important one. ”
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Destiny’s Child songbird Michelle Williams was set to play Mary in the touring production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” before the show was abruptly canned. Can girlfriend catch a break? Photo by s_bukley / Shutterstock.com
The star-studded North American tour of Jesus Christ Superstar that had punk icon John “Johnny Rotten” Lydon playing King Harold and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child as Mary Magdalene was unexpectedly cancelled before debuting in New Orleans on June 9th. While details are scarce as to why the show was crucified, there have been some rumors that a rapidly expanding budget played a role. The tour was set to stop in 54 cities, including Philly, at the Wells Fargo Center on August 16th. All ticket holders are expected to receive a full refund.
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I remember how obsessed I was with Danity Kane while following their every move on Diddy‘s MTV series, Making The Band: I love their classic bangers “Damaged” and “Showstopper.” Now, after a five-year hiatus, the girls have returned with their new single “Lemonade“…and as a trio. In fact, the day after I spoke with the girls, Aundrea Fimbres announced during the group’s “No Filter” tour kickoff in San Francisco that she was going to be leaving Danity Kane to focus on motherhood. However, as Danity Kane knows, the show must go on; this Sunday, they hit the TLA stage. I chatted with Dawn Richard, Aubrey O’Day, and Shannon Bex about their new music, new sound, and what exactly their fierce “Lemonade” single is all about. Read more »
I’ll never forget the first time Mariah Carey burst into my life in the early 90’s. Hearing that glass-shattering voice was closeted gay love at first sight. Right from her debut single “Vision Of Love“, I became completely and totally obsessed. I fell in love with her even more during her coo-coo bananas phase when she showed up on TRL with some popsicles and a bizarre striptease (All I can say is, Thank god for You-Tube). And, of course, there is her fabulous comeback album, The Emancipation Of Mimi: be still our gay hearts.
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Nothing quite complements that worked-out beach bod like some sizzling summer tunes. This season, Mariah, Lana and La Roux are all returning with new music to provide you the perfect soundtrack while you’re making all your summer dreams come true. I’ve rounded up a few notable summer 2014 releases below that will be just the tunes to blast at your Rehomo beach blanket Bingo parties.
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Philly fans — and even non-fans — of X-Men will have extra incentive to stand in line for the next iteration of the long-running franchise, Days of Future Past, when it opens on May 23rd. It stars Philly-bred actor Evan Jonigkeit as the quick-tongued, sure-footed Toad. He’s reprising the role played by Ray Park in the original X-Men trilogy.
I had a chance to catch up with the burgeoning star, who, full disclosure, I attended Neshaminy High School with back in the day. He opened up about his local beginnings with Mauckingbird Theatre Company, chumming around with Jennifer Lawrence on the set of X-Men, and what it was like having Kathleen Turner see him in his birthday suit on Broadway.
Our chat with Jonigkeit after the jump
Ten years ago today, Upper Darby’s own Tina Fey and Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels brought us Mean Girls, and, in one way or other, we’ve been under its spell ever since. To honor this pop culture milestone, I threw on my XXL pink shirt and came up with the 10 reasons we’re still so obsessed with the film after all these years.
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Tonight, Cher, along with fabulous special guest Cyndi Lauper, is bringing her Dressed To Kill tour to the Wells Fargo Center. I decided to get my hair-flipping started early by putting together a pre-show playlist of Cher and Cyndi remixes to get you Philly queens even more hyped for tonight’s big show. (As if that’s actually possible.)
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Bensalem-bred singer-songwriter Christina Perri comes back home this weekend to perform songs from her new album, Head Or Heart, at the Electric Factory. Ticket gabbed with the “Human” songstress about everything from growing up in the Philly burbs, her 70 (!) tattoos, and how she can’t wait to get home to see her “big ass South Philly Italian family.”
Q&A after the jump
The nightlife world lost a legend this week when DJ Frankie Knuckles died at the age of 59. Dubbed the “Godfather of House,” Knuckles played a major role role in spreading the percussive genre of dance music into the mainstream, changing the house music foundation forever.
A remixer, producer and Grammy winner, Knuckles first got his start in the ’70s, spinning at various New York nightclubs before moving to Chicago in 1977. There he turned out music at Warehouse , where he would begin his experimentations with dance music, mixing standard R&B and disco beats with a range of post-punk, reggae and ’80s Euro-synth. And just like that, a new kind of dance genre was born. Knuckles even gave it a name: house music.
7 essential DJ Frankie Knuckles tracks after the jump